Follow Your Heart Market & Café

21825 Sherman Way

Canoga Park, CA 91303

818-348-3240

marketcafe@followyourheart.com

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Follow Your Heart Café has a full vegan menu (with limited dairy options) as well as a dedicated “no-Salt, no-Oil, no-Sugar” selection called our SOS menu. Click below to preview our menus:

FYH Menu       SOS Free Menu (No salt, no oil, no sugar)     Thanksgiving menu (pre-order today!)

 

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The Market

Follow Your Heart Market offers a wide array of unique and specialty vegetarian and vegan foods in our 6500 square foot store. Since our early days, just two blocks from our current location, we’ve prided ourselves on a distinct selection of local and organic produce, featured independent food brands, and fresh deli items.

We have a full aisle of vitamins and supplements with an on-staff expert who can help you find the right product. Our hand-picked gift section will inspire and entertain you with items made locally as well as from cultural communities around the globe. While you wait for a table, feel free to peruse our hand-picked book corner or decide on a nice Kombucha or cold brew for your meal.

At Follow Your Heart, you can also shop with the environment in mind with our fully-stocked bulk section with grains, flours, and freshly ground coffee– just bring your own container and fill it up. And don’t forget that shot of fresh-pressed wheatgrass before you check out!

And we can’t forget Follow Your Heart products. The market is your one-stop-shop for ALL our products as we share some samples of new products that we’re just trying out.

 

The Café

What began in 1970 as a seven-seat sandwich and juice bar has evolved into our 67-seat Follow Your Heart Café. The café is tucked away in the back corner of our market, so don’t be bashful… come on in. The wooden decor lends itself to the community feeling for which Follow Your Heart® is so famous. You can dine at the counter with our “regulars” or at a table inside or out on the relaxing patio. The counter is an especially unique part of the café experience, and many a friendship has begun as a result of a chance encounter here.

Our home-style comfort food is modestly priced, and the portions are generous, so come hungry. The menu is vegan with select and limited dairy options and we use seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible. We also offer an exclusively gluten-free menu upon request as well as our No Salt, No Oil, No Sugar (SOS) menu.

In addition to our regular menu, daily specials are served at each meal. Our hearty homemade soups are something that we’re particularly known for and several are offered throughout the day. You can also find a deliciously low fat and low sodium soup option. Local and organic wines and craft beers and kombucha are on tap to accompany your meal

We welcome you to come visit and please say hello when you do!


Follow Your Heart Community Center

Formerly the ‘In The Mudra Dance & Yoga Studio’, The Follow Your Heart Center is owned and operated by Follow Your Heart Market & Restaurant, and conveniently located just two doors west of Follow Your Heart towards Topanga Canyon.  The Heart Center is also available for hourly rentals so if you are interested in reserving space, please email heartcenter@followyourheart.com

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The Follow Your Heart Oasis

There is only one Follow Your Heart. It is a unique environment which has been called by some ‘an oasis’. While at first glance it may appear to be just another health food store, Follow Your Heart  has been thriving for over three decades with the support of the many thousands of loyal customers who keep coming home to “The Heart.”

Situated in a half-century-old building which once housed a small neighborhood store and butcher shop, the market is far from a modern supermarket. Yet, within it, one can find just about anything to be found in much larger natural food stores, and something more.

While offering a wide array of products, one thing which is noticeably absent from the store is meat. Since its origin, the founders of Follow Your Heart chose not to sell meat, poultry or fish, in order to be consistent with their personal vegetarian beliefs. Rather than being a negative, this unconventional feature of the store is seen by many (especially vegetarians) as something which makes their shopping experience all the more pleasurable.
The popular restaurant within the store has always been a focal point of the attention that Follow Your Heart  has received. Well known as a vegetarian landmark in southern California since 1970, it has served not only the local community, but visitors from all over the world who have come to “The Heart” after hearing of it by word of mouth.

In addition to the restaurant, you will find the usual departments of produce, grocery (dry goods and perishables), as well as nutrition and natural body care, each having its particular Follow Your Heart  character. Our extensive selection of gifts and interesting books is just one more feature which sets the store apart from the ordinary. As in our other departments, our buyers go to great lengths to find those special items that our customers have come to expect from us, all in an effort to truly serve the unique interests of our patrons.

Finally, but most importantly, there is the Follow Your Heart  staff. When we hire someone to work at Follow Your Heart, we are looking for people who will carry on the traditions that the store is famous for. Today, we have moved on to a second generation. Many of the young people working in the store were preceded by their parents, who themselves were either long time customers or employees. People often ask us how we find such wonderful people. The answer? They are drawn to “The Heart.” Come, we welcome you, and invite you to experience for yourself what Follow Your Heart  is all about.

Follow Your Heart Celebrates 40

By: Bob & Paul

The year 1970 saw a great deal of change for many of us. We (Bob and Paul) were in the process of beginning a new life in Los Angeles, having recently arrived from the Midwest in pursuit of the California Dream. At the same time, another set of friends, Michael Besancon and Bill Michaels, were on an adventure of their own. They were hitchhiking up to Mount Shasta, believed to be a focal point for spiritual energy, with the intention of meditating and hopefully finding, in Michael’s words, “some direction for my life”. The two were given a lift by people from the Arcata Food Co-op, also on their way to Shasta to attend a meeting of an organization called OM, (Organic Merchants) a collection of folks from Northern California who ran natural food co-ops. Inspired by what he heard at the conference, Michael returned to Canoga Park, and within two weeks, he had opened a small vegetarian lunch counter in the back of a 1300 square foot health food store known as Johnny Weissmuller’s American Natural Foods. The store was on Owensmouth Avenue, near Sherman Way, not far from our apartment. We stopped in often for the good food and the good vibes. Regulars referred to the place affectionately as Johnny’s, and its popularity grew rapidly. Within the first year, more help was needed. Having plenty of time on our hands, we signed on to help Michael, and were soon joined by another friend of his, Spencer Windbiel. Soon, our vision became clear, and the die was cast. We formed a partnership, bought the store, and Follow Your Heart was born.

So much has happened since those early days. It’s a wonderful story. And as we look back upon those years, it is clear that the story of Follow Your Heart is really the individual stories of the thousands of employees, customers and friends who have passed through this place over the past four decades.

Now during our 40th year anniversary, we are moved to reflect upon the amazing and rich culture which has grown out of that early vision we shared. This year we are planning many special events to celebrate what has come to be known as “The Heart”.

Today, as the remaining two founders, we have the great pleasure of getting to hear people share their anecdotes and reflections about the part this simple gathering place has played in their lives. You might have noticed the faded old photo board in the front of the store which asks “How Long Have You Shopped at Follow Your Heart?” Years ago, we decided to put this up, since it was so common for people to tell us how long they had been coming. It was a way for us to honor them and their contributions. After a while, it became kind of a fixture, but now, as part of this celebration, we want to expand that simple photographic history of the people who made Follow Your Heart, and are inviting you to share with us your memories from this forty year period.

A sentiment we often hear expressed is that Follow Your Heart is so much more than a place to merely purchase goods or grab lunch. There is an inexplicable energy in and around this space which seemingly has the power to transform in a most positive way. Here, people have met the love of their life. They have brought their newborns for their first outing. Some have found life-altering inspiration, and others have come of age. Often, we have sought the comfort of good food and caring souls, and so many have come together in joy with friends.
You have told us your stories over the years. Now, we are asking you if you would be willing to share them in a more public way. We appreciate you all so much for what you have created here. As part of this celebration, we want everyone to see how the collective stories of each of you have come together to weave the fabric of Follow Your Heart’s history and culture. Let us put your memories on display as part of our story in a way that will help us all to see the true nature of our interconnectedness, our Oneness. We feel it. We have always felt it. This is an opportunity for us to put it together for all to see and enjoy in a common experience.

If you are interested, please, send us your stories, photos, clippings and memorabilia. We will be happy to accept anything you wish to offer, via e-mail at marketcafe@followyourheart.com, or addressed to the store at 21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Better yet, bring them in and let us take your picture to add to our collection. Any questions you have can be addressed either by e-mail or you can stop into the Follow Your Heart office for information about this project.

Thank you again for all that you have done to make Follow Your Heart a place which we are proud to say we are a part of.

Peace, Bob and Paul